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The Best Rebounders in NBA History

Updated December 21, 2019 27.8k votes 4.9k voters 55.2k views96 items

The best rebounders in NBA history are those star players who dominated in the rebounds department during their long and successful careers in the National Basketball Association over the years. Parked squarely under the net, these best NBA rebounders snagged the ball after a missed shot to give their team the possession, a scoring opportunity and in some cases the momentum to pull out a huge victory.

Holding NBA records for total rebounds and rebounds per game, it's hard to claim anyone other than Wilt Chamberlain is the best NBA rebounder of all time. Over the course of 1,045 NBA games, Chamberlain averaged 22.9 rebounds per game for a whopping 23,924 over his career. Even in many more games, no one else in the history of the league has come close to that number.

Besides Chamberlain, there are numerous others who are remembered for their rebounding skills. Dennis Rodman, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone and Karl Malone are just a few of those and all have their names in the NBA record books for their impressive rebounding stats. That's not to say that many current and up and coming players do not have the potential to be remembered the same way. Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Love all fall into that category as among the best rebounders currently in the NBA and the best current NBA players in general.

These best rebounders in NBA history are not just the best to pull the boards but also many of the best to ever play the game. Vote for the players you think are the best NBA rebounders ever, add any not listed then come by and vote for the best NBA players of all time too.

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    Dennis Rodman

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age59

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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    Age86

    BirthplaceWest Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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    #2 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#156 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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    AgeDec. at 63 (1936-1999)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

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    Age73

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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    Age57

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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    #6 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#1 of 49 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time

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    Charles Barkley

    Power forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers

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    Moses Malone

    Power forward, Center

    Age65

    BirthplaceVirginia

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets

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    #21 of 56 Athletes Who Won MVP Before Turning 25#2 of 57 NBA Players Who Played For 8 Or More Teams

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    Age27

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    Number1

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    Age48

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

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    Ben Wallace

    Power forward, Center

    Age46

    BirthplaceWhite Hall, Alabama

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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    #14 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#29 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

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    Tim Duncan

    Power forward

    Age44

    BirthplaceChristiansted, United States Virgin Islands

    Number21

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

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    #102 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#118 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

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    Age55

    BirthplaceKey West, Florida

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    #27 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time#5 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes

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    Age54

    BirthplaceKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets

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    #4 of 22 The Greatest Georgetown Basketball Players of All Time#17 of 47 Athletes With the Coolest Post-Sports Careers

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    Age35

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Number12

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

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    Age74

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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    #17 of 23 The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s#27 of 72 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

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    Kevin Garnett

    Power forward

    Age44

    BirthplaceGreenville, South Carolina, United States of America

    Number5

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    #81 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#42 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

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    Karl Malone

    Power forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceSummerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Age58

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Number33

    TeamsNew York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics

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    Nate Thurmond

    Power forward, Center

    Age79

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls

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    #18 of 121 The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time#20 of 105 The Best Golden State Warriors of All Time

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    Elvin Hayes

    Power forward, Center

    Age75

    BirthplaceRayville, Louisiana

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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    #10 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s#8 of 22 The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

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    Charles Oakley

    Power forward, Center

    Age57

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

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    #23 of 24 The Best NCAA Power Forwards of the 80s#11 of 171 The Best NBA Players From Ohio

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    Age32

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Number6

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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    #27 of 40 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#20 of 26 The Best Dunkers In NBA History

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    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

    Age27

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #46 of 100 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#1 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time

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    Age28

    BirthplaceSaint-Quentin, France

    Number27

    TeamsUtah Jazz

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    #8 of 131 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#147 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

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    Jerry Lucas

    Power forward, Center

    Age80

    BirthplaceMiddletown, Ohio

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

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    #64 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#2 of 33 The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time